The Fisherfield Six
by IainG » Wed May 20, 2009 7:46 pm
Route description: Fisherfield 6, from Shenavall
Munros included on this walk: A' Mhaighdean, Beinn Tarsuinn, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Ruadh Stac Mor, Sgurr Ban
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Chlaidheimh
Date walked: 19/04/2009
Time taken: 16 hours
Distance: 42 km
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The six Fisherfield munros are often regarded as the 'crux' of any munro round, and it's easy to see why. A huge undertaking if walked in a oner, and still a big task if taken in sections.
We had this walk planned for quite a while, but with the excellent weather forecast, it was definitely on for this weekend.
Mid-week we planned to walk in with the big packs, complete the first four, camp overnight, bag the remaining two then walk out. We knew that with a walk on this scale, a night in the bothy was a risk both in terms of available space in the bothy, and the opportunity to grab some sleep. So we were settled on the camping option. With bags stripped to the lightest possible, and trying to get enthusiastic about spending a night in a tent, we were packed and ready to go.
Last minute, however, we decided to scrap the idea and instead go for the Corrie Hallie to Corrie Hallie walk in and out, staying in the Camel the night before and after. Although a punishingly long walk, I have no regrets at all about this. With the cracking weather, we didn't really need to rush other than to hit the outward track by sunset, and we'd have the opportunity to travel with lighter daypacks without the handicap of either camping or bothying paraphernalia.
So, with that plan in mind, we headed up north on the friday afternoon. We stopped at the Aultguish for a beer. It has recently changed hands, and I'd heard good reviews, but at £3.20 for a bottle of Pale Ale, I won't be hurrying back. From there, we headed along to Dundonnell, where a pint draught of the same beer was £2.60. Now that's reasonable
We parked up at Corrie Hallie. We don't normally park up on a roadside, but we wanted to be right at the start of the walk. There were 2 or 3 cars already there. It was a remarkably quiet road at night, and were not disturbed at all by passing traffic.
Next morning was the start of the big day. We were up, kitted out, and off at an unbelievable 0515 8O
We headed up the track and although a touch frosty, the weather was already looking good.
In the shadow it was freezing, in the sun it was roasting.
An Teallach in the morning.
Even from the east, Beinn a' Chlaidheimh was a fair grunt. The views took the mind off it though.
We arrived at the summit just after 0900.
A bit of a push along the ridge, down by the loch, and a hard slog up the boulder slopes took us to Sgurr Ban just after 1100.
Then it was another drop and a grind up the steep scree of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair.
We arrived at the cairn just before 1200. Ahead were a pair of walkers doing the six from Shenevall.
Looking back at the first three munros from the pull up Beinn Tarsuinn.
Arriving there at just after 1300.
The ridge with the tennis court
We headed across the 525m bealach and onto A'Mhaighdean
Looking back to todays work after arriving at the summit at just after 1500.
The reputed best view in Scotland from the most remote munro.
The howff below the last hill of the day, Ruadh Stac.
Looking at Fuar Loch Mor from the slopes of RS.
This hill had the only scrambling of the day, a loose slot between the cliffs.
Then at about 1630, we were on the last of the big six, Ruadh Stac. Only 20km from the Camel. 8O
So it was off back down towards Shenevall for a long walk out. Some nice views on the way.
We passed Shenevall on the way out.
Getting back to the Camel in Corrie Hallie at 2140. Over 16hrs after we'd left.
Certainly a day to remember. One of the best days out in the hills.
by kinley » Wed May 20, 2009 7:54 pm
I'm copying this to Alec Salmond - I reckon 2 treadmills and a supply of cheap beer and Scotland vids and you 2 could power Fife
by Paul Webster » Wed May 20, 2009 8:03 pm
by IainG » Wed May 20, 2009 8:07 pm
I would definitely recommend this but only if you've got the weather. The benefits of taking a light pack, no tent-mat-bag etc is the obvious advantage.
It's not a rush round the group of munros either, it's just the opportunity to spend a whole, and I mean 'whole', day in some absolutely stunning landscapes. Go try it, 26miles, 6 munros, 14hrs
by Paul Webster » Wed May 20, 2009 8:11 pm
Your report was a belter.
by cjwaugh » Wed May 20, 2009 9:31 pm
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by holtlynx » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:05 pm
Now our party may not be in the first flush of youth (I was the oldest at 52, the others still to break the big five-oh) but none of us are exactly couch-potatos and we are experienced hillgoers. So to anyone contemplating this trip, while I agree that the techncial difficulties are minimal, be advised this is a serious endurance test. The walk out after Ruadh Stac Mor seems to go on for ever.
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